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Dark red amber long cylindrical amber beads alternating between triangular beads (pouches?) and umbrella-shaped beads, which may be meant to represent flowers or another botanic shape. The large pendant in the center appears to imitate a complex bulla with four pouches hanging from its bottom-side.


According to the MFA Annual Report for 1902 the Buffum collection included a group of objects that "were all found at Palestrina many years ago, in the excavations conducted by Signor Castellani, Mr. Buffum being present at the time of their discovery"; by date unknown: William Arnold Buffum Collection (died 1901); 1901: inherited by Miss Charlotte Wissmann; gift of Miss Charlotte Wissmann to MFA, May 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Italic, Orientalizing, 7th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Praeneste (Palestrina), Latium, Italy


Length: 58 cm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands